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“Fascinating....Fast-paced and dynamic.”  —Dallas Morning News “Kellerman is taking a big risk here, and I think she pulls it off in fine style.” —Washington Post With Moon Music, New York Times bestseller Faye Kellerman leaves Los Angeles and heads to stranger territories: “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a brief hiatus from her mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Peter/>—Washington/> —Dallas “Fascinating....Fast-paced and dynamic.”  —Dallas Morning News “Kellerman is taking a big risk here, and I think she pulls it off in fine style.” —Washington Post With Moon Music, New York Times bestseller Faye Kellerman leaves Los Angeles and heads to stranger territories: “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a brief hiatus from her mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus, Kellerman delivers a masterful stand-alone crime novel that crackles with suspense and tantalizes with a touch of the paranormal. The horribly savaged body of a once-beautiful Vegas showgirl is discovered in the desert not far from the world-famous Strip, plunging Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe into the heart of a bizarre, full moon-soaked mystery that could cost him everything he holds dear in life, including his sanity.


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“Fascinating....Fast-paced and dynamic.”  —Dallas Morning News “Kellerman is taking a big risk here, and I think she pulls it off in fine style.” —Washington Post With Moon Music, New York Times bestseller Faye Kellerman leaves Los Angeles and heads to stranger territories: “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a brief hiatus from her mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Peter/>—Washington/> —Dallas “Fascinating....Fast-paced and dynamic.”  —Dallas Morning News “Kellerman is taking a big risk here, and I think she pulls it off in fine style.” —Washington Post With Moon Music, New York Times bestseller Faye Kellerman leaves Los Angeles and heads to stranger territories: “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a brief hiatus from her mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker and his Orthodox Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus, Kellerman delivers a masterful stand-alone crime novel that crackles with suspense and tantalizes with a touch of the paranormal. The horribly savaged body of a once-beautiful Vegas showgirl is discovered in the desert not far from the world-famous Strip, plunging Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe into the heart of a bizarre, full moon-soaked mystery that could cost him everything he holds dear in life, including his sanity.

30 review for Moon Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I usually enjoy this author but this book was quite ridiculous at the end. If I had known from the start it was a fantasy I probably wouldn't have bothered reading it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbra

    This is one of the author's stand-alone novels. Really didn't enjoy it all - in fact, I didn't finish it. Back Cover Blurb: Las Vegas. The Babylon of twentieth century America. A city on the edge of a desert, its inhabitants living on the edge of their nerves. Amongst them is Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe, assigned to the murder of a showgirl whose horrifically mauled body, Poe realises, has echoes of a twenty five year old unsolved case. But the half-forgotten past is soon This is one of the author's stand-alone novels. Really didn't enjoy it all - in fact, I didn't finish it. Back Cover Blurb: Las Vegas. The Babylon of twentieth century America. A city on the edge of a desert, its inhabitants living on the edge of their nerves. Amongst them is Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe, assigned to the murder of a showgirl whose horrifically mauled body, Poe realises, has echoes of a twenty five year old unsolved case. But the half-forgotten past is soon swamped by present anxieties as Poe discovers that his colleague, Homicide Detective Steve Jensen, had an illicit relationship with the dead woman. And Poe's own relationship with Jensen's wife Alison is fraught with guilt: childhood playmate, teenage lover, adult friend and mainstay, Poe has never disentangled himself from the ties that Alison, afflicted with anorexia and a habitually unfaithful husband, exerts. Then, as Poe watches Alison's tortured struggles with her body, he begins to wonder whether her obsessive research into what went on in the wastes of the Nevada desert three decades earlier might hold a key to the identity of the frighteningly animalistic murderer still at large....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeri

    I put down Faye Kellerman's MOON MUSIC in disappointment. I gave it a lot longer than I should have because I love her Peter Decker series, but this book was dismal. Well, not badly written, but all of the characters are weird, emotionally damaged, and too distant to take any real interest in. I miss the relationships and the character development in her other books. The story itself was also very strange, suspense more than mystery really. Not that I dislike suspense, but it just didn't work fo I put down Faye Kellerman's MOON MUSIC in disappointment. I gave it a lot longer than I should have because I love her Peter Decker series, but this book was dismal. Well, not badly written, but all of the characters are weird, emotionally damaged, and too distant to take any real interest in. I miss the relationships and the character development in her other books. The story itself was also very strange, suspense more than mystery really. Not that I dislike suspense, but it just didn't work for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I know this isn't part of Kellerman's "canon," but I was charmed by its quirky weirdness. I think I saw someone's comment saying this book reads as if written by a man, and I'm inclined to agree. This book was an appealing (if gory) flight of fancy, deftly plotted and executed...nobody's taking home a Pulitzer or a NBA here, but does this book go into my beach bag every year? You bet. The tiredest of tired cliches is "Don't judge a book by its cover," but close behind is "Don't judge I know this isn't part of Kellerman's "canon," but I was charmed by its quirky weirdness. I think I saw someone's comment saying this book reads as if written by a man, and I'm inclined to agree. This book was an appealing (if gory) flight of fancy, deftly plotted and executed...nobody's taking home a Pulitzer or a NBA here, but does this book go into my beach bag every year? You bet. The tiredest of tired cliches is "Don't judge a book by its cover," but close behind is "Don't judge a book by its bad press." Read it for yourself and form your own opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I don't like leaving negative reviews, but I really did not enjoy this. It started out OK but veered off in a bizarre direction that I was not prepared for. And in my opinion, Kellerman really didn't sell the material. Unlikable characters. Awkward writing. Poor pacing. I'm sorry, but I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone, not even Faye Kellerman fans. This is not her best work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    An interesting plot combining the suspense of a crime novel, a little science fiction, and the ever popular werewolf. I enjoyed "Moon Music" although not as much as Ms Kellerman's Dekker and Lazarus books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Oh this was not easy to get through. I was hopeful since I knew there were fantasy/paranormal elements to it. But I didn’t like it. The beginning hints at Native American lore. But other than Native American characters, it went in a way different direction. So that was a bummer. Everyone seemed miserable in this book. Las Vegas is portrayed as a miserable place, the people treat each other miserably, the weather was always miserable. So it was hard to motivate myself to keep reading. Oh this was not easy to get through. I was hopeful since I knew there were fantasy/paranormal elements to it. But I didn’t like it. The beginning hints at Native American lore. But other than Native American characters, it went in a way different direction. So that was a bummer. Everyone seemed miserable in this book. Las Vegas is portrayed as a miserable place, the people treat each other miserably, the weather was always miserable. So it was hard to motivate myself to keep reading. I only did so because the damn popsugar reading challenge. And after being a complete bummer, the book got super strange. At least it picked up the pace. I’m glad it’s finally over. #popsugar challenge 2018: A best seller from the year you graduated high school.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    This book follows the lives and loves of police detectives, casino bosses, hookers, and medical examiners in Las Vegas, Nevada. Toss in some mystery, murder, and mayhem with some cannibalism and shape-shifting, and Faye Kellerman’s “Moon Music” is a compelling read. I definitely welcomed the opportunity to check out this book of Kellerman’s that I had missed along the way. One of the most intriguing aspects of the ending—which I will not divulge for fear of creating a “spoi This book follows the lives and loves of police detectives, casino bosses, hookers, and medical examiners in Las Vegas, Nevada. Toss in some mystery, murder, and mayhem with some cannibalism and shape-shifting, and Faye Kellerman’s “Moon Music” is a compelling read. I definitely welcomed the opportunity to check out this book of Kellerman’s that I had missed along the way. One of the most intriguing aspects of the ending—which I will not divulge for fear of creating a “spoiler”—was how there was still just a hint of mystery that hovered over the characters, especially for one primary character, Romulus Poe. There was a lingering cloud of doubt about the actual events that had transpired. Suffice it to say, there is plenty of crime scene stuff to satisfy those who enjoy that aspect of solving murders. And the character "Rom” treated us to various theories along the way, even some of which sounded totally “out there” to other detectives on the force. Add in a little mysticism, set against a historic backdrop of atomic bomb testing sites in the area—all yield interesting twists to this tale of horrific homicides. Some of Kellerman’s more recent novels, especially those dealing with the rituals of the Jewish faith, are more to my liking. I do not actually enjoy the shape-shifting and cannibalistic aspects of a story, although there are plenty of people out there who do. So for me, I would give the book four stars…for others, the rating might be higher.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    This was a great mystery and has an interesting love triangle. Romulus Poe and Steven Jensen were children together though not friends. Now they work as as partners for the Las Vegas Police Department along with Patti Deluca. Steve is married to Allison who is in love with Romulus and Romulus is in love with her. The love triangle is interesting since Allison is totally nutso and manipulative. At the same time as this family situation is going on, they are investigating a brutal serial killer wh This was a great mystery and has an interesting love triangle. Romulus Poe and Steven Jensen were children together though not friends. Now they work as as partners for the Las Vegas Police Department along with Patti Deluca. Steve is married to Allison who is in love with Romulus and Romulus is in love with her. The love triangle is interesting since Allison is totally nutso and manipulative. At the same time as this family situation is going on, they are investigating a brutal serial killer who eats his victims. YUK! This is not for the faint of heart but a really good story nonetheless. The title indicates its part of the Peter Decker series but it's not. It seems to be a stand-alone novel and a good one. Unfortunately I only listened to the abridged version. I can't imagine how great the entire book must be.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Romulus must discover who is brutally killing prostitutes and leaving them in the Las Vegas desert. This was the first book I read by Faye Kellerman and I have to admit I was disappointed. Almost from the beginning I had reservations - when I learned the main character was Romulus who had a twin brother Remus. I thought, "you have got to be kidding me." But in the end it was the bizarre nature of the plot that turned me off. To avoid giving away any spoilers, I'll leave it at that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonna

    Yuk!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I want to state upfront that I received this novel as a free e-book from the publisher in exchange for completing a survey. I liked parts of it because most of it is a decent thriller but here are the reasons for giving it only 2 stars. 1. It took a few chapters to get the characters straight as sometimes they were referred to by their first names and other times by their last names, but not by both. That caused some confusion until I finally figured out that Rom and Poe were the same perso I want to state upfront that I received this novel as a free e-book from the publisher in exchange for completing a survey. I liked parts of it because most of it is a decent thriller but here are the reasons for giving it only 2 stars. 1. It took a few chapters to get the characters straight as sometimes they were referred to by their first names and other times by their last names, but not by both. That caused some confusion until I finally figured out that Rom and Poe were the same person. Same with Steve and Jensen. 2. The first page is like a slap in the face with the swear words and sex references. Not that I don't expect them in a crime thriller, just not so much on the first page. 3. I had the "bad guy" figured out really early which made the scene where the detective finally figured it out somewhat anti-climactic. 4. This is the big thing that led me to the 2 stars: Shape-shifting as a result of being exposed to radiation from the Nuclear Testing Site in Nevada. Really? I am really glad that I got this for free. I would have hated to have paid good money for it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    I've read a lot of Faye Kellermans (believe it or leave it) and they tend to blur in my memory -- except for this book. I think this is her best. There is an unusual flavor with riveting characters not in other Faye Kellerman books -- including a set of Native American twins that apparently are mutants. It's too bad that this was not turned into a series. Also, my Mom thinks this I've read a lot of Faye Kellermans (believe it or leave it) and they tend to blur in my memory -- except for this book. I think this is her best. There is an unusual flavor with riveting characters not in other Faye Kellerman books -- including a set of Native American twins that apparently are mutants. It's too bad that this was not turned into a series. Also, my Mom thinks this is a five star book. Now why is that a recommendation? Because she suffers from several chronic pain conditions and crippled. However, she can still read. Moon Music helped take her mind of of her worries and pain. For that alone, I owe Faye Kellerman a huge

  14. 4 out of 5

    Iona

    Disappointing. There is nothing to make this a thriller, and it the last quarter of the book is absolute fantasy with no depth or end. Of the characters, all of whom are damaged and egotistical, I only had empathy with one Emma - who actually is a distraction to the story and not a key player. I was not able to engage with the others. The author presented a Las Vegas that was unappealing - not just because she was showing a dark side but because none of the characters shone through. The det Disappointing. There is nothing to make this a thriller, and it the last quarter of the book is absolute fantasy with no depth or end. Of the characters, all of whom are damaged and egotistical, I only had empathy with one Emma - who actually is a distraction to the story and not a key player. I was not able to engage with the others. The author presented a Las Vegas that was unappealing - not just because she was showing a dark side but because none of the characters shone through. The detectives were so dysfunctional and dishonest - they should have been sacked! And this made the story even more frustrating. Along with the fact that the 'who' was identified early in to the novel, in such an obvious way that it could not been ignored by the police officers - even more frustration. Apologies for the harsh review, but I can not recommend this...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    It was...okay. Kind of hard to get through at points and I wasn't really happy with the way that it wrapped up. Like, not really at all. Maybe it'll come together better if I reread it, but I'm not really driven to do so. The characters were interesting but there was no one particularly engaging and, for me at least, the mystery wasn't much of one. Anyway, I'd say it was worth one read through at least.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really hated this book. it is set in las Vegas and has a lot of mormon references. She obviously did NO research on Mormons or culture or beliefs when she wrote this. An interesting story, interesting plot, but all in all a terrible book. her very worst. Thank goodness I have read enough of her books to realize she was having a bad writing day. I do not recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    I like all of the books Faye Kellerman has written with the characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus but this one not so much. I really didn't like the people in the book and even though I couldn't have imagined the bizarre ending, I had figured out who the killers were way before I got there. Not my favorite.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I wouldn't have started reading if this if I knew what was coming at the end of the story. The characters were off-putting and just plain weird, for the most part. Plus, having lived in Las Vegas my entire adult life and growing up in the Mormon church, I couldn't help but notice several errors made by the author. I don't recommend this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Harmon

    I usually enjoy this author, but if I didn't know better, I'd say this was written by an amateur. Many POV issues, and at one point a character changed from Pete to Joe and back again in the space of three pages. Time lines were often off. The writing was repetitive and it beats me why the reader needs a description of what every character is wearing when it adds nothing to the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Smitty

    As one of the reviews put it - it was a "departure" from her Decker/Lazarus books. Too far, just as I couldn't read Patterson's Angel-series. A good detective work doesn't need the supernatural to be mysterious. I know the reader is supposed to suspend their imagination, but this was beyond the breaking point for me. Too bad, I did relish the backdrop of Vegas and the test site.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    It was horrible. Mostly mediocre throughout, then the supernatural could-see-it-coming-a-mile-away "twist" at the end was just AWFUL. Horrendous. Why do I keep reading this woman? (Because I'm compulsive, once I read a couple of an author's books I read them all. Shame on me.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Interesting book, well written, with many twists. However, the premise in the final 1/4 of the book is so far-fetched, she kind of lost me. Don't want to say more as I don't want to spoil this book for anyone, but if you aren't into a heavy dose of fantasy, you might feel the same.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Salsadancer

    Police investigating Call girls getting killed in Las Vegas. The book was okay 3/4 of the way through, then got far-fetched and absurd. Faye Kellerman is Jonathan Kellerman's wife.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    This is one of the earlier books by Faye Kellerman not part of the Peter Decker series. The story is based in Las Vegas and has several twists to it trying to figure out who the killer really is.

  25. 5 out of 5

    International Cat Lady

    WTF? If you like Kellerman's Lazarus/Decker mysteries, stick to them. This is something completely different, poorly written, and nonsensical.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I was captivated by this book and the story it told, the characters were so unusual and I just couldn't put it down, I hope one day she will have sequel, I want to know more about Romulus.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A real change of pace for Faye Kellerman. The plot is rather morbid and a bit on the depressing side.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    Rom Poe is a Las Vegas detective who has been assigned the case of a dead showgirl. Her death looks eerily like other deaths from the city’s past, and Poe digs in to better understand how she died. His former girlfriend is a tragic creature married to a womanizer on the police force. She is a slave to her many OCDs and much more. This is just a creepy book with occasional bits of interesting information. Apparently in an effort to sell more books, and she needs all the help Rom Poe is a Las Vegas detective who has been assigned the case of a dead showgirl. Her death looks eerily like other deaths from the city’s past, and Poe digs in to better understand how she died. His former girlfriend is a tragic creature married to a womanizer on the police force. She is a slave to her many OCDs and much more. This is just a creepy book with occasional bits of interesting information. Apparently in an effort to sell more books, and she needs all the help she can get with this one, the author takes her little perfunctory digs at members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are superfluous digs that best that add little or nothing to the story. But there are bits of information here about the Nevada Test Site and its history that made the book not a complete and utter loss. But mostly, I didn’t like any of these characters enough to care whether they lived or died supernatural bizarre radiated deaths. Poe is a badly flawed individual whose story ultimately did nothing for me, and hapless Alison with her OCDs and her conviction of mankind’s ability to transform into birds or wolves was just laughably dismissible. Had I known that this would be so filled with native American supernatural junk, I wouldn’t have wasted my life and time with it. I’m fascinated by books about open-air nuclear testing, and even now, my family is reaping the deadly harvest of that time in our history. But this book with its supernatural animal transformation nonsense and its heroes so flawed that they left me uninterested in their welfare doesn’t do much for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sidna

    My husband and I listened to the audio book on two long car trips. We started it on one trip, but since it was 13 discs (over 50 chapters if you are reading the book), we didn't finish it. We listened to one disc one evening after we got home, but weren't enough into it to listen to another disc until we took another driving trip. I thought we would like this book because it takes place in Las Vegas and we lived there for a couple of years and really loved it, but I didn't like the ma My husband and I listened to the audio book on two long car trips. We started it on one trip, but since it was 13 discs (over 50 chapters if you are reading the book), we didn't finish it. We listened to one disc one evening after we got home, but weren't enough into it to listen to another disc until we took another driving trip. I thought we would like this book because it takes place in Las Vegas and we lived there for a couple of years and really loved it, but I didn't like the main protagonist Romulus Poe or several of the other characters in the book. In addition to a lot of weird characters, the book goes into shape shifting and other supernatural stuff that doesn't appeal to me. I thought the ending was weak. As a volunteer in our local library's used book store, I am always intrigued when people come in looking for a particular author that I have not read. I had not read any other books by Faye Kellerman, but she is a popular author. Listening to an audio book on a car trip is an opportunity to try out an author you haven't read. I'm not interested in reading (or listening to) another book by this author. The book was read by Bernadette Dunne. She did a good job differentiating the different characters. She was good with the male voices, as well as female, and listeners were never unsure which character was speaking.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth Brekke

    I was offered a book by Jonathan Kellerman, so to be fair, I also picked up a book by his wife. I couldn't wait to read it every night--not because it was good but because I couldn't wait to get it over with and move on to something better! Horrible sentence structure and huge over use of the phrase "A beat" ground on my nerves. You knew who the killer was by the second chapter and the suggestion of her supernatural powers made me really dislike the book. I felt like the author had a story idea I was offered a book by Jonathan Kellerman, so to be fair, I also picked up a book by his wife. I couldn't wait to read it every night--not because it was good but because I couldn't wait to get it over with and move on to something better! Horrible sentence structure and huge over use of the phrase "A beat" ground on my nerves. You knew who the killer was by the second chapter and the suggestion of her supernatural powers made me really dislike the book. I felt like the author had a story idea and then just really had no idea where to go with it and started throwing in crap. 1 or 2 characters and some historical information (I didn't fact check) got it to 2 stars. (I didn't care much for her husband's book, either)

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